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Every MCU Character Who Could Be On Val's Team
Amanda Rabski-McColl
2021-08-06T02:31:23
Three panels. The first is a man with a heavy fur collared coat looking annoyed with whatever he's looking at off panel. The second is a blond woman in a dark vest looking amused amid piles of rubble. The third is a man aiming a bow and arrow at something in front of him off panel. The light around his is blue and red and there is no ambient light in the space.
Three panels. The first is a man with a heavy fur collared coat looking annoyed with whatever he's looking at off panel. The second is a blond woman in a dark vest looking amused amid piles of rubble. The third is a man aiming a bow and arrow at something in front of him off panel. The light around his is blue and red and there is no ambient light in the space.
As Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands and changes the way the universe works, another team of super-powered people seems to be forming in the background. Under the watchful eye of Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, this new team is already forming, but what form it will eventually take is still a bit of a mystery.
Whether this team is a take on the Dark Avengers, or the Thunderbolts, or something else, it seems clear that the members are those who can work in the grey zone, morally. That opens the doors to many past villains, fallen heroes, or new faces for Val to recruit.

10 John Walker still wants to be Cap

For The People
For The People
John Walker has already been recruited by Val, after his public execution and his loss of the Captain America title, but he is an obvious choice to do some of the dirty work that regular Avengers and superheroes can’t be seen doing.
With his military training and the super-soldier serum, he’s perfect for any shock and awe-type attacks Val might have planned. He is likely to bristle against anyone he sees as questioning his authority though.

9 Yelena Belova does the job

Black Widow Florence Pugh Yelena Belova 1
Black Widow Florence Pugh Yelena Belova 1
Whether Yelena Belova has been recruited to Val’s team or not is not explicitly stated, she could just be a contractor of some kind, but the mid-credit scene from Black Widow makes it clear she has done some work for Val already. With Hawkeye being her next target, Yelena might even be a recruiter as well.
In the comics, Yelena has been a Thunderbolt and even allowed Natasha to stand in for her on the team to gather intel on Avengers targets. Even if she is on the team, it’s possible that Yelena will still be the consummate spy, and collecting data for other parties.

8 Helmut Zemo wants control

zemo with super soldier serum falcon winter soldier
zemo with super soldier serum falcon winter soldier
In the comics, Zemo founded the Thunderbolts, bringing the Masters of Evil together to stand in for the Avengers and other heroes who were seemingly destroyed in the Onslaught event. The team functioned as a cover for his more nefarious plans until several members decided they wanted to actually do good.
The MCU version might use this team in a similar way, continuing his hunt for super soldiers. Val even hinted that she might have ties to Zemo during the final scenes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

7 General Ross’s evolution into Red Hulk

While it’s hard to picture Thaddeus Ross answering to anyone, let alone Valentina, he has plenty of reasons to want a team that is willing to do anything he might need to be done without a fight. It would also give him access to things like John Walker’s medical tests and the super-soldier serum he took.
It is possible that, with the research he likely has on Emil Blonsky and Valentina’s extensive intelligence connections, this could lead to Ross’s own transformation into the Red Hulk.

6 Ghost never got her treatments

While what happened to Ghost in Ant-Man and Wasp after the Snap was never addressed, and it’s unknown if she ever got the treatments she was promised, it’s possible that Valentina has an alternative treatment for her, if she joins the team.
The comics version of Ghost, who has a vastly different story than what was shown in the MCU, has been a Thunderbolt under the government program, and has shown a real want to become one of the good guys, or at least, a tendency to be less evil than the rest of the team. The MCU version might follow the broad strokes of that story as well.

5 Sharon Carter might not be gone for good

Sharon Carter does seem to have joined the dark side after the reveal of her role as the Power Broker, but she does seem like a possible recruit or contractor for Val’s team. It’s even possible that the person on the other end of Sharon’s phone call in the mid-credit scene from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier could have been Val.
Given Sharon’s past actions, it wouldn’t be impossible for her to come back, or at least closer to the side of good, and her comics connections to Val would be a great way to start that transition.

4 Justin Hammer’s connections are useful

Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer
Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer
While he’s not exactly that useful in a fight, and he’s not even really that useful when it comes to weapons production, Justin Hammer’s connections both above board and below could be extremely useful to a black-ops version of the Avengers. It’s possible, if he’s out of prison—or even if he’s not—that he’s already one of Val’s contacts.
The promise of seeing Justin Hammer, played by Sam Rockwell, bounce off some of the more serious teammates would be a gift to fans as well. While Armor Wars might be a more logical place for him to show up again, the door is open to bring him back.

3 Abomination’s return to the MCU

Since his appearance in the Shang-Chi trailer, there has been some talk of how Emil Blonsky fits into the MCU at large and where else he could appear. Val’s team would be an easy fit for the soldier-turned-monster, especially if Secretary Ross has a say in things.
In the Marvel One-Shot, The Consultant, Agent Coulson, and Agent Sitwell worked to keep Abomination off the Avengers team in the first place, so it is not unimaginable that the powers behind Val and her team might want to try again to get him on an official team.

2 Deadpool breaks into the MCU

Free Guy trailer breakdown brings Deadpool to the MCU
Free Guy trailer breakdown brings Deadpool to the MCU
Deadpool’s connection to the MCU so far has been nebulous and, while a new movie is in the works for him, what that will look like is still uncertain. If Marvel wants to include Wade Wilson in the MCU proper though, Val’s team would be a great place to slip him in.
Putting Wade in the midst of a morally grey team with dark pasts would give not just the character, but the writers a chance to laugh at how seriously some folks—think John Walker—take themselves.

1 Hawkeye looking for redemption

Hawkeye in the MCU
Hawkeye in the MCU
While he is currently a target of Val’s and Yelena’s, it’s possible the Avenger could become an integral part of this team. In the comics, he was the first one to see the Thunderbolts as a true chance for redemption for former supervillains that didn’t get the chance he did. After Clint’s killing spree during the Snap, it’s possible he’ll be looking for some redemption too.
There are also some characters he’s got some comics connections to that could cause some sparks, like Zemo and John Walker. Those personality conflicts could make it even more interesting to watch this team navigate Phase 4.
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